I’ve been a big sports fan all my life. Growing up in New York City, there wasn’t much grass around, so most of our athletics were played on concrete. But that didn’t matter to us. We always found a way to play baseball, stickball, touch football, street hockey, and, of course, basketball. So, it stands to reason that I’m also a big fan of sports films. With that in mind, here are my recommendations for some inspiring football movies to fire you up for the big game.
Football Movies Based On True Stories Are Most Inspiring
The football movies that immediately come to mind when pondering this topic are based on truly inspiring personal stories. These are the most emotional and memorable. You’ll notice when you scroll down for my suggestions, the “based on a true story” theme is very prevalent. Certainly, that was not my original intention. However, it turns out that the majority of my list of inspiring football movies is based on reality.
Now, I’m sure you have a favorite football movie that is not present on my list. I must admit that I haven’t watched every football flick released in theaters. I certainly haven’t had time to watch every gridiron film that is streaming on all the different entertainment platforms available to us these days. So, I’m basing my list solely on the football movies I love watching over and over. Feel free to disagree.
Gridiron Films That Get An Honorable Mention
Furthermore, there are some football films I really enjoy watching which do not make the top seven. For example, “Brian’s Song.” That is the first football movie I remember watching as a youngster. It’s a very emotional and sad story. However, it certainly doesn’t get me “fired up” for exciting football action.
Another funny football flick that just misses making the top seven list is “The Longest Yard.” This 1974 Burt Reynolds film features many former NFL and college football players in the cast. There are certainly lots of laughs if you don’t mind crudeness. However, I wouldn’t recommend it for family movie night.
So, now you know the types of films I’m including in my top seven. I’m sure your top seven list will look different. But I’m also sure there are a few titles in here on which we can both agree. Have fun watching the big game this year!